Comments from Students at Stuart-Hobson Middle School


The News at the Newseum
The Newseum Experience on Election Day
By Liz

When entering the Newseum, the first thing you notice is the many levels. The building seems to just go up and up, with never ending knowledge and information. There are levels, half levels, and terraces. It was all decked out with newspapers from that day, all focusing on the election. And what better place to be on such a historic day than a museum dedicated to documenting history?

One very interesting room was the Robert H. and Clarence Smith Big Screen Theater. The exhibit was called Getting The Big Picture. This was a movie that showed presidential ads as far back as the Nixon-Kennedy election in 1962. You could see how ads got better over the years, once the technology got to be more familiar to the candidates and their employees. There were references to nuclear bombing, terrorist attacks, and education plans. This display is really interesting if you’ve lived through at least one election, so you can see which ads they chose to show.

Another captivating room was Today’s Front Pages Gallery. It showed front pages from that day from places all over the world. There were newspapers from Poland, Greece, Hungary, Boston, Japan, France, and D.C. All of them were focused on the election. It’s interesting to see how the whole world is watching America’s presidential election.

The NBC News Interactive Newsroom: Sitting in the Hot Seat was a chance to experience what a reporter’s life and work is like. You can stand in front of a backdrop and talk to a camera as if you are a TV news reporter, and watch other people give their reports on the TVs that are all around the room. You can also solve a mystery on a computer, then choose the headline for the article you’re “writing”, while keeping within the time limit your editor set for you. This was a very fun and entertaining room.

The Newseum is a great place to take your kids, or just go with your friends. It has lots of interactive activities, with history mixed in. This museum is one of the best in D.C.! The only downside is a $25 admission ticket, but it’s free for school groups. Tell your school, because this museum has a truckload of primary sources and delightful activities!

Day at The Newseum
A Fun Way To Learn The News Of Our World
By Kevon

On Election Day, the 8th grade class took a trip to the Newseum. It was an enjoyable place. It contained many articles and reports about current and past events. All of its historical exhibits were in good condition and seemed historically accurate. It was a very interactive environment with many activities to participate in. The Newseum was overall an educational, but fascinating place to visit.

One 4-D movie was about how important making news is. This was a short, yet enjoyable program. It was interactive because of its moving seats, sprays of water and many other realistic things. Throughout, the movie it made you feel as if you were actually in it. It showed many historic events and how reporters and the news were needed during that time. In the end, this was exciting and taught a lot.

The Robert H and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater was also a wonderful favorite. It gave a clear understanding of presidential history. Many presidents and their campaigns were showed. The screen was big and beautifully laid out, making it interesting to watch. Ads. Arguments, and elections were included. This history of presidents is worthy of being visited.

An exceptionally enjoyable place that was visited was the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery. All of the images were clear and most likely difficult to capture based on the positioning in the photos. Even though these pictures mostly showed death and conflicts of real events, it showed how the world really is. These pictures show that future photographers can catch news such as this.

The Newseum was hard to leave. There were many things still to observe in the giant building. Even so, it was an entertaining and very informative about news. This place was full of news and reports, recent and historical. Through the years, this place is expected to grow and become even more popular.

What’s News?
The Newseum Comes to D.C.
By Daley

Visiting the Newseum is a fun, captivating experience that the whole family can enjoy. From the 6th floor Terrace with a view of Pennsylvania Avenue, to the cafeteria and 4D movie in the basement, the excitement is never ending. You start your historic journey with an introductory movie about what news really is. The message is that news reports on all events that stir our emotions and that what is news today is history tomorrow. Though you are requested to start your adventure at the beautiful terrace and work your way down through the six captivating levels, you don’t miss out on anything if you chose your own path through history.

One of the coolest parts of the Newseum is the Walter and Leonore Theater’s 4D movie located on the first floor and basement level. This movie is a time capsule pulling you through some important dates in history. You put on your 3D glasses and literally are dragged through time. The seats in the theatre are able to move around, and along with the surround sound and whooshing gusts of air you feel like you’re actually there in history. The movie is about three heroic tales: a pioneering Colonial Journalist, a War Correspondent, and a Female Detective Reporter. They all must face the risk of high danger and even death to tell the people of the world exactly what is going on either on the battle front or behind the scenes.

Visitors shouldn’t miss the News History Gallery in the Newseum on the 5th floor. Kids will be amazed at how much they learn about recent history that occurred just before their time. One example is the huge media coverage of the life and death of Diana, Princess of Wales. This time machine is spell-binding and intelligent. The five news theaters and 500 years of history make this gallery spectacular. The room is filled with a long center stand with drawers you can pull out. Primary sources from pictures and news paper articles fill the drawers and teach you about history and how the telling of history has developed. On the sides of the room propped against the walls are side panels about the development of telephones, computers, and television. They tell how reporters have gotten the news to people over time and what the best ways to currently spread the news are. There are also memory games throughout the gallery that are fun for kids and adults alike. Can you make the matches before time runs out?

Don’t miss the Pulitzer Prize Photograph Gallery. These pictures take you to places you’ll never want to revisit, but cannot forget. You’ll experience the joy, sadness and anger that these photos place inside you. There are pictures of children starving in Africa and pictures of death from many wars past and present. Many of the photographs include narratives which tell the story of both the photo and the photographer. The pictures range from the early 1920’s to the present day 2000’s. There are also computers for you to learn more about each picture and the story behind it.

The Newseum is an amazing experience that no one should miss out on. The whole family will learn from and enjoy the magical time travel experience. The internal architecture of the museum is fun and original and will keep you from getting lost or from getting bored. So come on down, and learn how news is a part of our everyday life, and of our history.

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